We have anniversaries, biennial events, diamond jubilees, centenaries, bi-centenaries and even millenarianism but rarely do celebrations arrive around every 7,000 years! Between December 2014 and 2029, a very special event takes place that has not occurred since 5122 BC. The world in 5122 BC was a very different place. The population of the world was about 25 million people in 3000 BC, and so perhaps 10 to 15 million people were alive in 5122 BC – about the size of present day Los Angeles. Nevertheless, great things were stirring in the world as this period marked the first widespread settling down of humans, farming and domestication of animals.
Until 5122 BC the world was the closest in temperament to the society still being shaped by mankind in today’s Aquarian age in the 21st century. 5122 BC marks the end of the Gemini age. The Gemini age and Aquarian age are both Air signs. The Aquarian age that arrived in 1433 AD is the first age of the same Air element since the Gemini age (7351 – 5122 BC). Obviously, the world’s inhabitants in 5122 BC were not concerned about broadband, computers, the price of fossil fuel, pollution or over-crowding, but their heads were in an intellectually creative mode – something common with Air signs.
While these ancients may not have been making technological discoveries of the modern world, they were making farming and agricultural discoveries that allowed them to produce more food than they required – spurning on population growth and spreading their new agricultural technology far and wide. The Gemini age also saw the first large villages or hamlets and the introduction of many discoveries around the world including the relatively simultaneous cultivation of newly domesticated crops in most continents of the world. Pottery became widespread, primitive canoes were built, irrigation trenches first appeared and the white-skinned race continued to evolve as they turned to milk and
trekked further north where the sun shines weakly. Gavin White believes that in this distant ancient period, people in Mesopotamia were investigating the night sky and commenced creating key constellations, including some of the zodiacal constellations [Ref: Babylonian Star-Lore, Solaria Publications, London, 2007, pp, 256, 259, 263]
The world in the Gemini age was on the move. Probably more discoveries and inventions occurred in the Gemini age than in the previous 50,000 years. While life was much slower and far less intense in the Gemini age compared to the current Aquarian age – similar intellectual inventiveness was evident.
The relationship between the Gemini age and Aquarian age deepens when the full context of each age is taken into account. In reality, it was the Cancer-Gemini age and today we are in the Pisces-Aquarian age (see Is the Aquarian Age Like a Block of Granite?). Cancer and Pisces are Water signs and Gemini and Aquarius are Air signs. There are four elements associated with the 12 zodiacal signs – Water, Air, Fire and Water. Each of these elements has specific characteristics. Fire and Earth signs promote conservatism, patriotism and the status quo. Water and Air signs promote change, evolution and instability. The more Water and Air signs the more change and instability. The more Fire and Earth signs the more conservatism. When Reagan was president of the USA, and
Thatcher prime minister of the UK the world was experiencing a mainly Earth and Fire micro-age influences and even here we can see the rise of conservatism on the small scale following the heady 60s when the progressive Water element was dominant.
The current Pisces-Aquarian age being Water and Air promotes evolution, change and instability. Within the current Pisces-Aquarian age are 12 sub-ages. Currently, the world is in the Scorpio-Libra sub-age (1970-2148). Scorpio is a Water sign and Libra is an Air sign – the same combination as Pisces and Aquarius. This is the first time in the Pisces-Aquarian age that we are in a Water-Air sub-age. This is the first time in over 7,000 years that both the ages and sub-ages are all in Water and Air territory. The plot deepens. Each sub-age also has 12 micro-ages. In December 2014 (plus or minus a month or two) the world enters a little 15 years Cancer-Gemini micro-age with Cancer a Water sign and Gemini an air sign – the same combination of Air and Water again!
Therefore from around December 2014, for the first time in over 7,000 years the world will be passing through an age, sub-age and micro-age that all aligned with Water and Air – with no Fire or Earth in sight. This occurrence will occur nine times in the Pisces-Aquarian age, with the first three occurring between 2014 and 2148. This period will, therefore, see the extreme of change, evolution and instability. Over the last 7,000 years, the world descended into the opposite of what we are now facing. In the Taurus-Aries age (2916 – 732 BC) the world experienced nine times when Earth and Fire elements ruled supreme without any Water and Air signs in sight. The world was turning to the bedrock of conservatism, war and nationalism, during that time and the construction of ‘advanced’ societies and massive structures such as pyramids, and palaces.
Early societies were mainly democratic orientated often involving elders in a tribe. The Taurus-Aries age coincided with the firm arrival of an entrenched aristocracy, pharaohs, kings and other forms of totalitarian governments who by and large were hell-bent on waging war with each other. The world is like a pendulum that swings from conservative totalitarianism to ‘democratic’ liberalism. After 7,000 long years, the world is returning to progressiveness, liberal change but instability. Those revolutionary and heady days of the 1960s and early 70s have nothing on what is coming – at best the 1960s and 70s is a preview of what is to come.
The conservative backlash (mainly in the USA and Islamic fundamentalists) following the 1960s and 70s was due to a small digression back into the conservative Virgo and Leo micro-ages – Earth and Fire micro-ages respectively. The stepping stones to the first all Air and Water period commenced with little fanfare in 2000 with the arrival of the Leo-Cancer micro-age (Fire and Water), but changed gear in 2007 (one year before the election of the first black president of the USA) when the Water element in the Fire and Water Leo-Cancer micro-age (2000 – 2014) became stronger. The world will finally move into all Water and Air territory around December 2014 for the first time in over 7,000 years.
What can be expected in the period 2014 to 2029 – the first of nine such periods in the Pisces-Aquarian age? Unfortunately, the extent of what we can expect is hard to determine because historical records going back 7,000 are insufficient to provide us with clear antecedents. Alternatively, we can examine some of the previous two hundred years or so and look for periods where they are closest to the ideal scenario of all periods elements being Air and Water. In the Sagittarius-Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970) only Sagittarius was Fire, all other signs were Air and Water, so those micro-ages within the Sagittarius-Scorpio sub-age that were also exclusively Air and Water may provide us with a guide. The particular periods include the Cancer-Gemini micro-age (1851-66) and the Pisces-Aquarius micro-age (1910-25).
Both these periods witnessed many instabilities including in the Cancer-Gemini micro-age (1851-66) the American Civil War, The Crimean War and the Taiping Rebellion with an estimated death toll of between 20 and 30 million alone. Wikipedia states that
“The 1860s were an extremely turbulent decade in the world, with numerous cultural, social, and political upheavals in Europe and America.”
In the Pisces-Aquarius micro-age (1910-25) saw the end of European millenarianism and conservative influences with the arrival of the 1st World War. This triggered the abdication of various conservative monarchies and the fall of the last world empires (German, Ottoman and Austria-Hungary). The arrival of the communists in full force with the Russian Revolution in 1917 introduced radical new concepts of how societies could operate. The USA attempted to outlaw alcohol with prohibition. The Irish commenced throwing off their British overlords leading to the Irish Rebellion. Fascists took advantage of political instability.
The instability in these periods was extensive, but so was the progressiveness. Probably the most important breakthrough in the Cancer-Gemini micro-age (1851-66) was Charles Darwin’s publication of The Origin of Species, putting forward the theory of evolution by natural selection in 1859. On a minor note, Paris became the fashion capital of the world. In the following period, the Pisces-Aquarius micro-age (1910-25) Einstein did to physics what Darwin did to biology, and produced his revolutionary theory of general relativity while Alfred Wegener suggests that the continents drift and collide with each other. Culturally radio, movies and jazz became popular and Pablo Picasso became the leading 20th-century painter, first with Cubism than moving on to Surrealism. The 1920s introduced the Roaring Twenties or Jazz Age.
As a guide to the Cancer-Gemini micro-age (2014 – 29), we can expect great instability, but also progress – one way or another. Though doom and gloom pundits may predict a 3rd World War I don’t think this is a possibility as astrologically the world is turning away from war. There is a bigger problem facing humanity than war – climate change. However, even climate change can precipitate division. One way or another the USA fractures in Gemini-Cancer micro-ages so some serious division, conflict or discord will occur in the USA. Possibly this will occur due to a perception by conservative elements in the USA that they are losing control. Mass dislocation of people and massive legal and illegal immigration is sure to be a factor in the world.
Climate change requires great adaptation by societies if it is to be successfully tackled, and this period does to a certain extent promote such change – more so from the general population than leaders. If the last two Water and Air micro-ages produced Darwin’s evolution and Einstein’s relativity – some very significant breakthrough may occur in 2014 – 2129, perhaps the understanding of dark matter and dark energy that supposedly constitutes around 90% of the universe? Other alternatives include breakthroughs in nano-technology, AIDS immunization, a new and superior internet, longevity, DNA in medical technology, a cure for many cancers or even a replacement for fossil fuels.
It would be nice to say that in a Water-Air period that is soon to arrive in late 2014 that positive elements will succeed at the expense of negative elements but this should not be expected. In the 1960s and early 70s, though revolution was in the air for youth, many countries witnessed military coups and dictatorial governments. Water-Air periods while producing advances both technological and societal, also produce instability which can be taken advantage of by the unscrupulous – particularly the military. The desire by many people to be free will rise, and some existing totalitarian governments are sure to falter, but others will tend to extract revenge upon many of their citizens – such is the ugly nature of politics. While public opinion and sentiment are sure to rise, leadership may be wanting in the years 2014-29. Some key political leaders may actually suffer mental illness and behave like a modern-day Nero or Caligula. Hopefully, they will not have their finger on the button!
The period 2014 – 29 is a celebration of over 7,000 years in the making – but what kind of a celebration will it be? Will it be more like a party or a wake? It is bound to have elements of both, but at the bottom line and despite whatever conflicts and turmoil occur, some very interesting, evolutionary and progressive developments are sure to claim our attention, awe and wonder like we collectively have not experienced for over 7,000 years.
Copyright Terry MacKinnell 2009
Illustrations (added later)
- Famous relief from the Old Babylonian period (now in the British museum) called the “Burney relief” or “Queen of the Night relief”. The depicted figure could be an aspect of the goddess Ishtar, Mesopotamian goddess of sexual love and war. However, her bird-feet and accompanying owls have suggested to some a connection with Lilitu (called Lilith in the Bible), though seemingly not the usual demonic Lilitu. By Manuel Parada López de Corselas User:Manuel de Corselas ARS SUMMUM, Centro para el Estudio y Difusión Libres de la Historia del Arte – Own work, Public Domain
- “FLASHBACK: Ronald Reagan Celebrates Royal Baby” by DEVIN DWYER WASHINGTON, July 22, 2013, abs NEWS, http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/royal-baby-flashback-ronald-reagan-margaret-thatcher-celebrate/story?id=19739217
Further resources from Terry MacKinnell
www.macro-astrology.com – details of purchasing the book available
Demystifying the Aquarian Age – General introduction to the astrological ages
At the Cutting Edge of the Aquarian Age – Cutting edge research into the astrological ages for astrologers
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